Monday, November 6, 2017

13 Things People Often Forget When It Comes To Home Maintenance

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There are a lot of jobs that need doing around the house. Some take a few minutes, while others require weeks of planning. However, each is important to maintaining your home. It can sometimes be easy to forget that specific jobs need doing, so here is a useful guide to maintaining your house.


Test Smoke/Carbon Dioxide Alarms


You should test your smoke and carbon dioxide alarms regularly. The USFA (U.S Fire Administration) say that they should be checked at least once a month and have their batteries replaced two times per year. It only takes a second, but it could save lives. All you need to do is push the button and perhaps set a time of year to change the batteries. Once you get into a routine of checking the alarms, it will be integrated into your usual pattern. For instance, change them on the days that you change the time on your clocks.


Clean Gutters


Cleaning the gutters is another task that doesn’t take very long. However, this job is often despised. For that reason, it can be worth paying someone to do it for you. Whether that is a family friend, a professional or the kid next door, just make sure it is done regularly. This is because a buildup of debris such as leaves can cause rainwater to overflow. One of the primary reasons for basement leaks is due to gutters working incorrectly. This job only needs doing once per year, but you should ensure to thoroughly clean out all of the gutters to ensure there aren’t any blockages.


Roof Maintenance


Speaking of your roof, you want to check for any damages regularly. If you have a cracked, damaged or missing roof tiles, then it could result in a leak. It is best to get your roof fixed before it gets to this stage as water damage can wreak havoc in your house. If you see any damage, then hiring a professional to replace or fix the issue is probably the best idea. The same is true if your house has any shingles.


Wash Windows


Cleaning your windows helps light to fill your house. It also makes looking out that much nicer and clearer. Hiring a regular window cleaning company to wash the exterior of the home is a great idea. They are relatively cheap, and they will quickly wash all of your windows leaving them with a great shine. However, don’t neglect cleaning the inside of the windows as these can also get dirty. They won’t need washing as often as the outside, but they will need a clean every few months to keep them nice and shiny. Windows are often the first thing people see when they visit your home, so having clean ones gives a great first impression.


Fix Damp Issues


Dampness can quickly escalate if it isn’t dealt with swiftly. Identifying the cause of the damp is only half the battle, unfortunately. Whether it is due to a leak in the roof, window or because the house doesn’t have enough ventilation, you need to address these issues quickly to avoid any permanent damage. Fixing a window or the roof is relatively easy, but if you are having dampness issues due to poor ventilation, then things can be a little trickier. If this is the case, then you need to open your windows more often to let the moisture out. This is best done with the heating on as this will help to push the water away. Investing in a dehumidifier can also be a great option if only a single room is suffering. If you continue to suffer from dampness issues, then considering what is producing the moisture and finding a way to resolve the problem can be tricky. It could be through cooking and have a faulty vent, or perhaps it is steam generated in the bathroom escaping to the rest of the house. Whatever the issue, it needs to be dealt with quickly as dampness can turn to mold which is harmful to the house and your health.


Pest Control


This is another piece of house maintenance that needs taken care of as soon as possible to avoid significant damage. If you suspect you might have a pest issue such as mice, rats, termites or cockroaches, then you should contact a professional pest control company to come and deal with the situation. Companies such as Go-Forth Pest Control offer a range of pest control services, so you can get an infestation dealt with quickly before it escalates. Pests can also carry diseases and parasites, so getting them dealt with quickly is good for your house and the health of your family.


Painting


Eventually, the paint will start to fade. This is entirely natural and it means that it is time to top it up with a new layer. This can happen both inside and outside the house, so make sure to purchase the correct type of paint depending upon where you are painting. You might decide to stick with the current color or perhaps change it to something different. If you decide to mix things up, then be sure to consider the color carefully as it can change the tone of a room or house. Blues are often used in the bathroom due to its relationship with water, and other rooms have their colors that work best. However, it is your house so pick colors that you enjoy.

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Chimney


If your house has a chimney, then you will need to get it cleaned regularly. This only really applies if you have a fireplace and use it. However, even if you don’t use the fireplace, then the chimney can still have a build up of leaves and other debris. This is another job best left to the professionals as they will know how to do the best job.


Gardening


If your house has any green area, then it will need to be maintained in some way. You might only have a grass lawn, but even this needs to be mowed every now and again. If you do have other areas such as flower beds, then you will need to de-weed and trim your garden regularly to avoid it looking overgrown and maintain its overall appearance. This doesn’t need to be an arduous task, and can instead be something to relax with and enjoy. However, if you don’t enjoy gardening or just don’t have time, then hiring a gardener to look after your yard each week or month is a great idea.

Air Conditioning


Repairing a broken air conditioner can be expensive, so taking some time to keep it properly maintained can save you a lot of money. It doesn’t take very long but regular inspection of the condensation hose and cleaning away any debris to ensure air flow will help extend the air conditioners lifespan. Making sure no mold or algae is growing near the intake or drainage pipes is also really important as you don’t want your air conditioner to be spreading potentially dangerous spores around your house.

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Fix Squeaky Floorboards


Squeaky floorboards are annoying, plain and simple. Fixing them will mean you won’t need to listen to them squeak each time they are stepped on. This can mean that you stop waking the kids as you walk to your bedroom or that the kids don’t wake you while walking downstairs on a lazy Sunday morning. The reason for squeaky floorboards is because the nails holding them down have gotten loose and are sliding in and out of their joints. You can fix this quite easily though by drilling new holes into the floorboards and adding some flat head screws into the joints. This will keep the floorboard in place and stop that annoying squeak. It doesn’t take long, and you will notice the difference immediately.

Clean Stove


This job is quite boring, however, if you do it regularly it shouldn’t take very long. Cleaning the inside of your stove is important because if it is dirty, then this will affect how quickly it heats up, the distribution of heat and as a worst case, the dirt could cause it to break. If you clean it out regularly, then food will cook more easily, more evenly and you won’t need to worry about replacing it anytime soon. There are specialized products that you can purchase that make cleaning it out nice and easy, so just keep some on hand and clean it out regularly.


Plumbing

It is natural that things like your kitchen and bathroom sinks will sometimes start to drain slowly. They each have more than just water going down them, so maintaining their ability to drain is important. This can be done the old-fashioned way with a plunger, or you can purchase liquid drain cleaner or a plumbing snake. The liquid drain cleaner is poured into the drain in question and often left overnight (check the packaging for full details) and rinsed through with hot water. This will clean away any blockages and return it is perfect working order. This just needs done when it becomes an issue, although some do it twice a year for prevention of problems. Fitting drain catchers to collect food waste or hairs can help to prevent the need to do this.

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